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Reggae News You Can Use For Feb 10, 2019

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Sunday, February 10!

Cocoa Tea to release CocoRobics apparel line
Klub Kartell announces new band members for 2019 shows
Summer Thieves’ new video pushes buzz for Kiwi reggae

Mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival.

Advance tickets for the 2019 event are now on sale. Buy your VIP Pass, Three-Day-Wristband or single day ticket before the gates open on April 19 to save!

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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ATX Sound System: February 9, 2019

Raised on Reggae: Hempress Sativa

Hempress Sativa grew up surrounded by authentic reggae culture. Born Kerida Johnson in Kingston, she was raised by devout Rastafarian parents who entertained many musical friends (such as “Uncle” Dennis Brown) in the family home. Her father (Albert “Ilawai Malawi” Johnson) operated the Jah Love Sound System, which meant that Kerida was effectively raised on reggae music. She first began guesting on tracks as early as 2013 but her feature on the 2015 hit “Boom – Wha Da Da Deng” by Paolo Baldini DubFiles is the one that really announced her arrival on the scene (while also establishing her “Lyrical Machine” nickname). Sativa’s own debut single, “Rock It Inna Dance”, would follow in 2016 and further establish these credentials: “Rock it in a shamah wid me Wallabee Clarks / Strictly sinsemilla, mi a crush you naw fi ask,” she sings, celebrating her love for weed, Jamaica’s favored suede footwear and her own prowess, all in one snappy verse. Sativa’s full-length debut, Unconquerebel,would arrive in 2017. On it, she proved she was more than just clever with wordplay, she could also be political, conscious and downright fierce. Adhering to tradition, Unconquerebel was followed in 2018 by its’ dub companion, Scientist Meets Hempress Sativa in DUB, engineered by none other than Jamaica’s greatest living mixer. To kick off 2019, she just released the Ancient Kingdom EP, featuring a further five versions of her single “Revolution”. Our favorite of these new versions is Ras Malekot’s “Hail H.I.M.”, which you can check out, along with several of the other tunes mentioned above, on the Austin Reggae Fest playlist. And, of course, you can see the mighty Hempress Sativa perform live this April at the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival.

 

All Good Good

Montego Bay is located on the opposite side of the island from Kingston. Historically, “Mo Bay” has always been Jamaica’s tourist destination; lined with hotels and cruise ship terminals, it’s a world away from the mean streets of Trenchtown. But it still played a crucial role in the birth of reggae music. In the 1960s, the musicians who were laying down some of the most timeless reggae instrumentals by day in Kingston (at recording studios like Treasure Isle and Studio One) were often earning their real money on nights and weekends in Montego, playing traditional jazz standards for tourists in the city’s hotels and clubs. Icons such as Prince Jammy, Joe Gibbs and Niney the Observer may have all hailed from this side of the island back in the day, but lately it seems like Kingston (and neighboring Portmore and Spanish Town) are the places usually recognized for breeding great reggae and dancehall talent. One notable exception (aside from Kranium) that we’ve been really enjoying in recent years is Good Good Productions. This record label and production house, founded by duo DJ Satdayz and Evan “ZUM” Powell, has been delivering some of the most upfront, feel-good riddims in the dance. Last year’s gem, the Life’s Path Riddim, was a wonderfully bouncy and musical production that attracted the likes of Masicka, Konshens and Govana (check the latter’s version, “Rich Forever”, on our playlist), while 2017’s Money Mix Riddim featured heavy-hitting versions by Vybz Kartel and Spice. Their newest release, the Carni-Afro-Jam riddim, is another delight. Mixing Afro Beats and Soca, this is fresh, forward-thinking dancehall that boasts another impressive list of names recording versions for it, from Vybz and Alison Hinds to Teejay and Shenseea (whose “Beat Me Congo” take is another new addition to the playlist this week). Good good, indeed.

 

This Week’s Austin Reggae Fest Spotify Playlist

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Reggae News You Can Use For Feb 7, 2019

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Thursday, February 7!

Jah9’s new album “Field Trip” is climbing the reggae charts
New Music Express lists their seven essential Bob Marley Tracks
Shaggy talks to Rolling Stone about his new solo album

Mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival.

Advance tickets for the 2019 event are now on sale. Buy your VIP Pass, Three-Day-Wristband or single day ticket before the gates open on April 19 to save!

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Feb 6, 2019



Your daily dose of international reggae news for Wednesday, February 6 — which is Bob Marley’s birthday!

Celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday: He would have been 74 today
Mr Soul Of Jamaica album from Alton Ellis’ reissued
Rum & Reggae Festival returning to Newcastle in June

Mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival.

Advance tickets for the 2019 event are now on sale. Buy your VIP Pass, Three-Day-Wristband or single day ticket before the gates open on April 19 to save!

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Feb 5, 2019

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Tuesday, February 5!

Akesse Brempong releases two new Afro-Pop gospel songs
Popcaan is dancehall’s biggest artist at present, says Bounty Killer
The Specials have released their first official album since 1980

Mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival.

Advance tickets for the 2019 event are now on sale. Buy your VIP Pass, Three-Day-Wristband or single day ticket before the gates open on April 19 to save!

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Feb 4, 2019

Your daily dose of international reggae news for MLK Day on Monday, February 4!

OV and Stoneboy combine for new single “Want Me”
Reggae Gold Awards select 50 finalists for this year’s prize
Top trending dancehall hits from 2018-2019

Mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival.

Advance tickets for the 2019 event are now on sale. Buy your VIP Pass, Three-Day-Wristband or single day ticket before the gates open on Friday, April 19 to save!

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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ATX Sound System: February 3, 2019

Ska-Beat-Sound Radio Turns Five

Every Thursday for the past five years, the Ska-Beat-Soul Radio Show has transmitted live from the south coast of England out to the world. It’s the creation of Paul Homer and Mark Howard, two longtime friends, DJs and (very) serious vinyl collectors. Their specialty is the early stuff: Ska, rocksteady, blue beat and “skinhead reggae” (that is, releases that became popular among mods, skinheads and first-generation Jamaicans in the UK during the late-60s/early-70s thanks to labels like Trojan and Pama; certainly not to be confused with the right-wing skinhead movement that developed many years later). Paul and Mark pepper the show with their seemingly-bottomless knowledge of the music and records they play (as well as some entertaining banter), which has made it an essential weekly listen for the ATX Sound crew. This week (January 30) marks the show’s five year anniversary, and it should be a good one. If you can’t listen live, you can check out the archived shows on the Ska-Beat-Soul Mixcloud page.

 

New Sounds: Koffee on Her Throne + Masicka + Busy Signal

With the extended holiday season now over, things are starting to heat up again as far as new releases. Some fresh dancehall tracks that have caught our attention this week (and which we’ve duly added to the Austin Reggae Fest Playlist on Spotify) include the new one from rising star Koffee. With her big 2018 track “Toast” still dominating the airwaves and sound systems, she’s wasted no time in following up with new one “Throne,” a confident statement from the Spanish Town-bred 18 year old. It boasts her unique and dextrous flow over a nicely-produced riddim that sounds downright vintage (and noticeably slower) next to most current dancehall. We’ll probably be keeping this one in our record box for many weeks to come.

Traveling just a few miles down the road from Spanish Town… Popcaan and his Unruly crew aren’t the only ones holding it down for the coastal town of Portmore these days. Masicka and his Genahsyde crew have been on the rise for a couple of years now. Having already kicked off 2019 with a bang, via his tune “Hold Mi” in early January, Masicka quickly follows up with another new one, “Darkest Times,” just this week. You can hear both tunes on our playlist.

Also getting off to a prolific start in 2019 is Busy Signal. Not only did he jump on the spooky Grand Time riddim with “Some Boy” (a tune that actually started doing the rounds late last year but finally saw release this week) but he also dropped the heavyweight new single “Nuh Weh Nuh Safe”, which features dark EDM-influenced production and a guest vocal from Bounty Killer. This, after a 2018 in which it felt like there was another new Busy tune every week. Must be why they call him Busy.

 

This Week’s Austin Reggae Fest Spotify Playlist

Click here to hear the dub sounds we have been listening to the last few days.

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Reggae News You Can Use For Jan 31, 2019

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Thursday, January 31!

Estelle begins her 2019 world tour Montego Bay
Samini’s #Untamed picks up “2018 Album of the Year’ honors on Raggaeville
“Loving You Is Easy” marks first single for new Third World CD

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Jan 28, 2019

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Monday, January 28!

Guspy Warrior wants to help unify Gwanda
Lydia Ndwiga releases reggae cover of Travis Greene song
New Zealand still buzzing from last week’s UB40 show

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Jan 27, 2019

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Sunday, January 27!

Collie Buddz releases single “Bounce It” featuring Stonebwoy
Aimed at tourists, Kingston to build $25 million reggae museum
• What are the top ten Lucky Dude songs?

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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